Oakville Fire department reminds residents to replace batteries in smoke alarms this weekend

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 – for immediate release

Oakville Fire department reminds residents to replace batteries in smoke alarms this weekend

According to the Office of the Fire Marshal, more than 12 people have already lost their lives in 2011 due to fire related emergencies that could have been prevented with the help of working smoke alarms. With daylight savings beginning on Sunday, March 13, the Oakville Fire department reminds residents to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they change their clocks.

“Most fire deaths happen at night when everyone is sleeping,” said Michael Harrison, public education officer with the Oakville Fire department. “You can have as little as one-minute to escape a fire so timing is critical. Have a fire escape plan, practice it often and replace batteries in your smoke alarms so you know your alarms are working properly in the event of an emergency.”

Residents are encouraged to follow these simple steps for home fire escape planning:

Ensure all smoke alarms are installed properly and are in working order;
Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it often;
Ensure that all exits are unobstructed and easy to access;
Practice two ways out of each room, if possible;
Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults or others requiring assistance;
Determine a meeting place outside such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for;
If there’s smoke, get low and go under the smoke to the closest safe exit;
Call 9-1-1 from outside the home from a cell phone or neighbouring home;
Once out, stay out! Never re-enter a burning building.

It is the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, the Oakville Fire department encourages the installation of smoke alarms inside all bedrooms as well. Residents and property owners are also reminded to replace smoke alarms every ten years to ensure they are working correctly.

Approximately 50 per cent of all fatal fires in Ontario occur because there are no working smoke alarms in the home. The most commonly cited cause of a non-working smoke alarm is worn or missing batteries, which removes the protective benefits of the alarm. Tampering with or removing batteries from a smoke alarm is against the law. . Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $50,000.

To learn more about maintenance of smoke alarms and home fire safety, visit Oakville Fire department’s home and fire safety page.

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For more information contact

Michael Harrison
Public Education/Special Projects Officer
Fire Prevention Division
Oakville Fire Department
905-845-6601, ext. 3602
mharrison@oakville.ca


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Oakville Fire department reminds residents to replace batteries in smoke alarms this weekend